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by Expert (16.4k points)
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Silicon has been the basis of most tech advances in our time but is slowly reaching its switching and integration limit. As we slowly edge towards creating real artificial intelligence, what do you think is going to be the base material for logic switching and memory.

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by Contributor (7.1k points)
Silicon is deffinitely out.... Light is the next frontier. Computational powers at the speed of light. You can google more on that topic
by Expert (16.4k points)
Which means at some point, the technology field could be leveled out and if Africa pushes hard enough, could have a chance to be first to market with a totally radical, industry disrupting, life changing technology that renders oil and gas obsolete. I don't know if I'm dreaming too much but I believe this so much.
by Contributor (7.1k points)
Well it seems Africa is always lagging behind due to the politicians battling for power and forsaking real developmental issues, I think Africa will lag behind. Just look at how behind we are on smartphone penetration... really
by Expert (16.4k points)
You have got to think in terms of that fact that our tech history, as a continent,  is comparably very very short yet we have managed to get this far with mobile usage averaging 20% growth per annum. Our generation is like the pioneers in  most areas and you have got to give credit in that we have done so under very hash conditions. Yes politics can seem destructive but remember politics is us
by Contributor (7.1k points)
Africa's problem is that it is more of a consumptive economy. We wait for the tech to be produced then "buy" it. That way we will never overtake or let alone be at par with tech giants like USA or CHINA
by Expert (16.4k points)
Isn't it fact that because you have managed to identify the problem therefore you have already made progress. Read the history of Sony and tell me where they were in 1945.... for your own info, they couldn't even make blanket.
by new here (980 points)
I read somewhere about DNA computing, it looks promising, though still prohibitively expensive
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by Guru (57.6k points)
to be honest, silicon will still be around for years to come, nothing commercially viable is anywhere near ready for market

production processes are getting better all the time and transistors are getting smaller all the time which makes things faster

yes light is the way to go, but at this stage things are not reliant on silicon quite as much as things are reliant on transistors which is the main electronic component in most if not all digital chips, there needs to be an alternative to transistors before silicon will be out of the door
by Contributor (7.1k points)
With technology 10 years is more than enough to cause massive unheard of changes. Did yu ever think you could carry massive computational powers in your pocket in2005. Now your smartphone is more powerful than your 2000 computer
by Guru (57.6k points)
its still all silicon thats my point until quantum computing becomes a commercial reality, our phones/laptops and pc's will still have silicon, that could be 5 years or 50 but they haven't been able to do it in the last 20 and they are not that much closer today than they were when they started
by Expert (16.4k points)
Who are they? Don't forget us
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by Expert (16.4k points)
The first patent for a transistor was submitted around 1927 then the first commercially viable prototypes appeared in the 50s into the 60s leading to the first micro processor, the intel 4004, in 1971. In effect, it took 40 years from imagining a transistor then making use of it in a processor but then notice how fast things moved since and the fortunate thing about Africa, we are riding with the wave and soon we will we will start making use of all the natural resources piled right in our back yard.
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A new generation of people is emerging now and will eventually replace the old, more primitive thinking people. This should further ensure accelerating progress in the future. I hope.
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